Global Village Volunteers Help to Build Habitat Homes
During the week of July 21, 12 Global Village volunteers from 6 states and one from Australia descended on Manchester, Vt. to help build two houses off Jennifer Lane, assisting the home buyers and Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity. Each day a few of our regular volunteer builders worked with the group with additional, week-long ‘steerage’ from site supervisors Olavi Wirkki and Peter VanVleck. The week of work by the Global Village team was an incredible boost to our building goal to finish these houses by the end of the year. As a result, the foundations are both in, storage sheds are complete and the walls for both houses are going up. All of this energy was fueled by many area cooks. Mid-morning snacks were provided by Habitat family partners, lunches came from Monica Knorr and Steve Sinding, the First Congregational Church in Manchester, the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert and the Zion Episcopal Church. Dinners were offered by Ellen and Roger Leeds, the East Arlington Federated Church, the Baptist Church, and David and Christina Nichols, the Depot, and at a group rate at Gringo Jack’s. Jennifer and Bill Amatruto from the Brittany Motel hosted this energetic group who, understandably, went to bed early but also rose early to do yoga stretches on the lawn before breakfast and their 8 am. to 4 p.m. work day at the build site. “The hospitality and accommodations were absolutely perfect,” declared the team leader, Gary Haberlan. Each participant received welcome bags filled with maple syrup from Doug and Melissa Zecher’s Havoc Hill Sugarhouse, T-shirts Now! from Bob West and donations from the Northshire Bookstore. There was even some time to swim at the Dorset quarry, tour Hildene, hike to Equinox Pond and, of course, shop. For pictures of these folks and others working at the Jennifer Lane build site visit benningtonareahabitat.com.